CHEESE-WHEEL WEDDING CAKE
My friend got married last summer and her menu included an amazing chocolate dessert so she didn’t want a wedding cake… but wanted a wedding cake. She decided to make her wedding cake a cheese course for the end of the night instead of dessert and people loved it.
Cheese-wheel cakes are gaining popularity as a fun and beautiful alternative to a traditional cake with icing. They are expensive though, and can cost more than a traditional wedding cake. The thing is, they are quite easy to make and allow you to let your creativity and flair shine.
I made this one for my friend’s wedding. The base is Quebec Oka, the middle a blue cheese, and the top a goat’s cheese. Her colours were a soft yellow and white so I chose white flowers with slight hints of yellow. My friend loved it. She said it looked like a fairy tale.
Here are my tips for making this cake.
- Go to a cheese monger and per-order your cheese. Make sure it’s something you like. Taste the cheeses before you buy. Make the base – the biggest wheel a mild one, like cheddar, the middle can be anything from a blue cheese to some unique mix, and the top a soft goat cheese.
- Check the sizes!!! Buy three wheels or more if you want a bigger cake, but make sure they are tiered. If they are all the same size or close it won’t look great.
- You’re buying a lot of cheese, so bargain with your cheese monger. This cake cost around $300. Also the top tier (goat cheese), buy 2. They are small and will get finished quickly.
- Flowers: Buy 1 bouquet that is the same colour scheme as your wedding or event, and 1 bouquet of baby’s breath. Don’t throw out the leaves, they are beautiful accents to this cake.
- Start in the middle. Do the baby’s breath first. Then slowly build around the cake.
- Make labels so your guests know what cheeses you chose.
- Place a on cake platter so it looks like a cake.
- And finally, have a few bowls on the table for when the flowers are removed. Flowers are not edible.
Flowers aren’t your thing? You can use fruits and herbs. I did one where I used figs and grapes with rosemary. Not only did it look beautiful, it smells great.